Here you can find further resources to help with the Spectrum procedure Collections care and conservation. For the procedure itself follow this link.

National Gallery Light Sources website

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This website explains what Spectral Power Distribution is and how it can be used as a comparator to evaluate the efficiency and impact of different light sources. This is an excellent resource for any museum wishing to understand the environmental and conservation impact of different light sources or considering a move to LED lighting.

Air pollution advice sheet

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Museum objects require a certain kind of environment, which includes an atmosphere free of dust and pollutants. This fact sheet from describes basic types of air pollution: acidic and oxidising subtances; particulate pollutants, and how to protect museum collections from damage caused by them.

Managing the library and archive environment

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The life expectancy of collections is significantly affected by the environmental conditions in which they are stored. This booklet provides guidance on environmental management to help you preserve your books and documents for as long as possible. It concentrates specifically on temperature and relative humidity.

Building a preservation policy

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A preservation policy is an essential component of a collections management framework, regardless of the size of the collection or organisation. This booklet provides a framework for setting out an organisation’s approach to achieving the sustainable use of its collections through a preservation policy.

Caring for your ceramics

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This resource contains information and advice on how to look after ceramics. It highlights common problems, tells you what to avoid and provides practical, step-by-step instructions on how to clean and care for ceramic objects.

Guidance notes on ethical approaches in museum ethnography

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These guidance notes from the Museum Ethnographers Group aim to inform the conduct of workers in museums who have responsibility for ethnographic collections, to create an awareness of areas of concern particular (although not exclusive) to ethnographic material. These guidelines are not only for museum ethnographers but will also be helpful to those with general […]

Creating and improving stores

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Stores are an essential part of most museums. As your items will be left in these stores for extended periods of time, you need to think carefully about how you design or improve your stores to best care for your collections. This resource outlines store requirements and safety and security considerations.

Mould outbreaks in library and archive collections

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Mould causes irreversible physical and chemical damage to collections and presents a significant health hazard. This booklet offers outlines environmental control and storage factors that should be considered in order to prevent mould outbreaks as well as how to deal with outbreaks should they occur in your collections.

Basic preservation for library and archive collections

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Preventive measures can considerably extend the useful life of collections, and are usually much more cost-effective than interventive measures taken to remedy damage after deterioration has taken place. This publication outlines external causes of deterioration of collections, including poor handling or storage, theft or vandalism, fire and flood, pests, pollution, light and incorrect temperature and relative humidity, and indicates the preventive measures that should be taken.

Using cut flowers and potted plants in museums

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The use of plant and flower materials in museums is growing in popularity as they are increasingly opened for special events, entertaining, and to decorate permanent displays. This fact sheet outlines notes on managing risk and the prevention of damage to museum objects from pest infestation, pollen staining and from localised increase in humidity as well as scratches and chips from flower pots or containers placed on museum objects.

CAT Condition Assessment Tool

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CAT was originally designed by the Scottish Museums Council as a tool to help museum staff and conservators to better assess collection condition and use the information generated more effectively. Its features allow non-conservators to undertake basic assessments of collection condition with a little basic training and the agreement of the meaning of terms.

Monitoring light and UV levels in museums

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Monitoring light and ultraviolet radiation in a museum is an important part of environmental management. This advice sheet introduces the basics of monitoring light and ultraviolet radiation and describes the available equipment (light meters, ultraviolet meters, combined lux and UV meters, dosimeters, data-loggers, telemetric sensors and hard-wired systems), how to look after it, maintain it and use it to best effect.